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BELTON, Texas- With the fall signing days having been completed, the focus is now on the spring, as commitments from athletes in a variety of sports continue to roll in. Recruiting never takes a day off, as any coach will tell you, and this is the only place that you will find the most up-to-date UMHB recruiting information and the latest athletes who have “committed” to join the Cru. Our commitment tracker covers the athletes that have “committed” to join the Cru as well as those who “decommit” from UMHB, allowing you to stay engaged with the future of Crusader athletics.

It is important to note that at the division three level, athletes do not sign “Letters of Intent” but do confirm their commitments to the school of their choice in a celebratory signing ceremony.

Make sure to check back periodically, as this article will be updated with the latest UMHB commits and decommits. For the most recent signees, check out our National Signing Day Tracker.

Jack Bruner

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Wimberley, Texas/Wimberley High School

Commitment Date: May 17, 2022

The state’s top-ranked Class 4A kicker in 2021 by the Texas Sports Writers Association, Bruner is a late addition to the incoming class, but one who could have an early impact in Belton. He connected on 11 of his 12 field-goal attempts, with a long of 49 yards, during his senior season. One of the top performers at the Kicking World National Showcase, he has a strong leg, and according to a PrepStar Regional Scout, “with the mental toughness to execute under pressure, leg strength and accuracy, this kid is a D1 level talent.” He was offered by UMHB on Feb. 25. 

Tyree Perry

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Houston, Texas/C.E. High School

Commitment Date: May 9, 2022

The 6’0, 270 lb guard is yet another solid addition to the incoming class of offensive linemen. Perry is quick to make contact with the opposing defensive linemen, possessing a strong first step, creating open holes in the line for the running backs. He helped King HS to a 10-3 mark in 2021, and a third-place finish in District 21-6A. 

Jacen Foster

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School/Prev. College: San Antonio, Texas/Clark High School/Crown College

Commitment Date: April 21, 2022

Foster’s transfer to UMHB came to our attention recently, and the offensive lineman returns to his native state with four years of eligibility, but 10 games of collegiate experience. Standing at 6’3, 320 lbs, Foster could contribute early, and is the fifth known transfer for UMHB entering the 2022 season. Coming from D-III Crown College, Foster’s size and versatility as both a guard and tackle makes him a great addition to the incoming class of offensive linemen. He is especially strong in pass protection, demonstrating exceptional lateral footwork. 

Saylor Upshaw

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: San Marcos, Texas/San Marcos High School

Commitment Date: May 4, 2022

Ranked as one of the state’s top wing forwards in the Class of 2023, Upshaw plays incredibly well around the rim, as a top-notch rebounder and consistent scorer in the paint. According to NCSA, she averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game during her junior season and shot 60 percent from the field. Upshaw has great footwork with the ball in her possession, able to beat the help-side defense for a layup off the glass, and she also has an almost-natural rebounding ability on both ends of the floor. 

Hudson Johnson

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point High School

Commitment Date: April 23, 2022

Johnson finished a decorated high school career as a First Team District 25-6A selection, a 1,000 point scorer, and Stony Point’s offensive MVP, playing point guard for the Tigers as a three-year letterman. Quick and agile in transition, Johnson’s ability to move up the floor and dribble past defenders gives him plenty of open looks at the rim, but he also has great range on his shot, consistently connecting from three-point range. Johnson averaged 15.6 points per game as a senior, and also dished out 2.4 assists per contest. 

Trey Seigle

Sport: Men’s Basketball 

Hometown/High School: Burke, Virginia/Lake Braddock Secondary School

Commitment/Signing Date: April 14, 2022

Seigle comes from the east coast to join the reigning ASC champion, and brings with him an exceptional shooting ability. A two-year letterwinner at one of Virginia’s top 6A high schools, Seigle is virtually automatic from three-point range, finishing this season with a 34 percent mark from beyond the arc. With a quick release and great accuracy, defenses struggle to guard the 6’1 shooting guard/point guard, who holds a school record for three-pointers in a game (9). Also very consistent from the free throw line, he averaged 16.0 points per game as a senior. 

Alli Stilp

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Newburg, Oregon/Newburg High School

Commitment Date: April 22, 2022

Stilp is the first known out-of-state addition to UMHB’s 2022 recruiting class, and the 5’8 guard comes to Belton after making a name for herself on the west coast. By late February of her senior year this past season, she was averaging 16.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.6 steals per game, en route to a First-Team All-Pacific Conference selection. A dynamic offensive player, Stilp can create her own shot off the dribble and puts pressure on the opposing defense. 

Zachary Engels

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Round Rock, Texas/Westwood High School

Commitment Date: April 18, 2022

Engels is an excellent addition to the Class of 2022, coming to Belton as a top-notch defender who was voted to the District 25-6A First Team following his senior year. A three-year starter at Westwood, he stands at 6’4, and is versatile, able to connect from long range on the offensive end, or score at the rim. Defensively, he gets into passing lanes, and has the footwork necessary to guard pretty much anyone on the floor. Engels was recently selected to participate in the inaugural “Jordan Clarkson San Antonio vs. Austin All-Star Game” on May 14th in Round Rock. He also held an offer from Southwestern and scored over 1,000 points in his high school career. 

Alex Bethke

Sport: Men’s Soccer

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/Lake Travis High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 13, 2022

The District 26-6A MVP in 2021, Bethke is a huge addition to the 2022 recruiting class. Also a First-Team All-State honoree at the forward position, Bethke is incredibly quick the ball, and also reads play well, knowing when to pass the ball or take the shot, both of which he has done at an exceptional level as one of the focal points of the Lake Travis attack. Just this past week, he had a pair of goals against Vandegrift, scoring from at least 15 yards out on both. He has helped lead Lake Travis to a 20-3 record this season. He will do his celebratory signing with UMHB later this month.

Ben Platt

Sport: Men’s Soccer

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/Lake Travis High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 21, 2022

A top-level midfielder on that Lake Travis squad, Platt is also a scoring weapon for the Cavaliers. He receives passes well and has a strong leg to complete the goal, able to place the ball in the corners of the frame. He has found the back of the net on several occasions on free kicks, and his speed up the field serves him well to score with defenders in quick pursuit. He will do his celebratory signing with UMHB later this month.

Brooke Srncik

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/Vandegrift High School

Commitment Date: April 2, 2022

A Second-Team All-District selection this past season, Srncik is one of the later additions to the Class of 2022, though she was on UMHB’s radar for several years after the Cru offered the point guard in the summer of 2020. A top-notch defender, it is not often that an opponent gets an open shot with Srncik guarding her. That part of her game is improved with her exceptional ball handling skills in transition, as she is able to create a steal, then take the ball coast-to-coast, either taking the shot at the other end, or dishing it to a teammate for an easy layup. 

Larry Telles

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Junction, Texas/Junction High School

Commitment Date: February 18, 2022

A 5’10, 170 lb running back, Telles is a versatile weapon out of the backfield. Running in Junction’s wishbone-style offensive formation, Telles is a stellar back because of his ability to cut to the outside after a handoff and read the blockers well. Additionally, he has great hands, often catching short passes before turning upfield for significant gains. Not to mention, he also saw time on defense for Junction, and his speed and agility make him hard to stop, whether attempting a tackle, or putting pressure on the opposing quarterback.

Jaqai Neal

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Manvel, Texas/Manvel High School

Commitment Date: March 11, 2022

A slot cornerback, Neal is exceptional in pass coverage against some of the fastest receivers on the field. As a senior, he tallied 22 solo tackles in 12 games, along with 2.0 tackles for loss. With an ability to get to the ball, he recorded two interceptions and six pass deflections, making him a hard matchup for any opposing receiver to go up against. It is unknown if he held any other offers. 

DaMarion Chambers

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Waco, Texas/Waco University HS

Commitment Date: March 13, 2022

Another addition to the quarterbacks unit in this year’s recruiting class, Chambers brings a dual-threat ability to Belton, something that shows up both on film and the stat sheet. He rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2021, while throwing 650 with a completion rate of 48.6%. He had two touchdowns and nine interceptions through the air, but was hard for defenses to stop, based on his ability to leave the pocket and run upfield when he sensed pressure in the backfield. It is unknown if Chambers held any other offers. 

Luke Keefer

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Sachse, Texas/Sachse High School

Commitment Date: March 14, 2022

A running back and wide receiver, Keefer is quick, running a 4.58 40-yard dash. It helped him standout in nine games during his senior year in 2021, as he tallied 845 rush yards and six scores on the ground. Keefer, who stands at 5’9, 185 lbs, averaged 7.3 yards per carry on 116 rushing attempts. In addition to UMHB, he was offered by Southwestern College, Kansas Wesleyan, Friends Univ., Bethel College, and SAGU. 

Sam Gierat

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Cibolo, Texas/Antonian College Prep HS

Commitment Date: March 18, 2022

Gierat, a 6’2, 200 lb quarterback, is the third known quarterback commit for the Cru in the Class of 2022. A strong-armed passer who saw action in parts of 11 games as a senior, Gierat threw for 657 yards on 41 completions, with six touchdowns. Between his junior and senior seasons, his completion rate improved by 37.8%, a sign of his development as a quarterback. He held offers from the University of Puget Sound, and Southwestern in addition to UMHB. 

Tyce Gentry

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Brock, Texas/Brock High School

Commitment Date: March 3, 2022

Gentry, a 6’3, 170 lb shooting guard who averaged 20 points per game, is a solid scorer from all areas of the floor. He shoots from three-point range especially well, but in transition, can score well at the rim on fast-breaks. Gentry led Brock deep into the State Playoffs as a senior, as the team posted a 31-9 record, reaching the regional finals. He held offers from Wayland Baptist, Ottawa University, and Penn State Greater Allegheny before being offered by UMHB on Feb. 27, committing four days later. 

Issac Phe

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Wylie, Texas/Wylie High School

Commitment Date: March 2, 2022

A tremendous passer, the 6’1 quarterback threw for 1,900 yards during his senior year in 2021, tossing 18 touchdown passes with just seven interceptions. Phe sees the field well, and has incredible strength that allows him to get the ball well downfield to an open receiver. With good agility, he avoids the opposing pass rush well and still completes passes for positive gains despite pressure in the backfield. He was also offered by Denison University, and earned his offer from UMHB on Feb. 8.

Karlee Hastings

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Krum, Texas/Krum High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 23, 2022

A 5’10 forward/guard, Hastings shoots the ball well from beyond the arc, and on Monday, was named a Second Team All-District selection at the 4A level. She helped Krum to a 27-13 record that included three playoff wins this past year as a junior, averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. A superb defender, Hastings tallied 30-plus blocks in 2021-22, contesting every opposing shot in her vicinity. She took a visit to UMHB on Jan.8 and was offered by the Cru on January 10. She is a member of UMHB’s 2023 recruiting class. 

Jaydon Gibbs

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Sachse, Texas/Sachse High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 21, 2022

Gibbs, a 6’0, 275 lb defensive tackle, is a force in the middle of the defensive front. He gets into the backfield quickly, having tallied 35 total tackles and 21 solo tackles as a senior. Gibbs also recorded two sacks and eight quarterback hurries, helping Sachse to a 6-1 district record in 2021. He received offers from Avila University, McPherson College and Bethany College over the course of the fall. 

Blair Neighbors

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Thrall, Texas/Thrall High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 23, 2022

Neighbors, a linebacker and safety, is quick to the ball, but also phenomenal in pass coverage. Often matched up with an opposing halfback or tight end, Neighbors displays exceptional lateral quickness, and was a force for each of the last several seasons for Thrall’s defense. Neighbors was offered by UMHB on Feb. 14 and also had a walk-on opportunity at D-II Angelo State, as well as offers from Texas Lutheran, McPherson and Defiance College. 

Doderick Peoples

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Red Oak, Texas/Red Oak High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 22, 2022

A 5’10 cornerback, Peoples recorded 33 tackles, seven pass breakups and two interceptions in 2021, thanks to his agility and footwork, which is especially seen in pass coverage, when matched up against the opponent’s near side receiver. He also showed the ability to blitz on a number of plays, shooting the outside gaps of the offensive line and getting to the quarterback. He returned kickoffs for Red Oak as a senior, often giving the offense solid field position. Peoples held offers from McPherson, Graceland University and Manchester University. 

Brayden Babineaux

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Orange, Texas/Orangefield High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 22, 2022

Babineaux, who starred at linebacker in high school, finished his senior season with a 100-plus total tackles, First Team All-District Honors and a First Team selection by the Orange Leader. He stands at 5’9, which may have reduced the recruiting interest from other programs, but UMHB has added a standout that played a key role in Orangefield reaching the playoffs this past fall. He shoots the gaps well on blitz plays, and has tremendous vision, avoiding blocks to make the tackle. He visited UMHB on Nov. 6. 

Zach Veverka

Sport: Football

Hometown/HIgh School: Celina, Texas/Celina High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 2, 2022

Veverka, a talented outside linebacker, is a phenomenal pass rusher, who puts pressure on the quarterback and also has the strength to make a solo tackle in the backfield. He finds openings in the opposing offensive line, which is critical in his ability to stop the run, and get to the ball carrier. The district 4-4A D2 Defensive MVP, Veverka stands at 5’11, 210 lbs, and tallied seven sacks, 116 total tackles, four tackles for loss and two interceptions as a senior for Celina. The All-State honoree was offered by UMHB on Jan. 15. 

Eli Craig

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Rogers, Arkansas/Rogers Heritage High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 20, 2022

One of the first out-of-state commits for the Cru in this year’s class, Craig is a talented running back, standing at 5’10, 195 lbs. He runs a 4.41 40-yard dash, and that speed is seen on the field, where he combines great vision with agility, which results in consistent gains on the ground. Craig also has the ability to line up as a slot receiver and contribute to the passing game, adding to the versatility he brings to Belton. Craig also held offers from D-III power Mount Union, as well as Wisconsin Lutheran and Lyon College. He was offered by UMHB on Jan. 13. 

Andrew Wittnebert

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Tomball, Texas/Tomball High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 13, 2022

A 6’4, 295 lb guard, Wittnebert is quick upon the snap and has a strong first step. His strength and 79-inch wingspan allow him to take opposing defensive tackles completely out of the play. Well-recruited by several programs, including Hardin-Simmons and Angelo State, Wittnebert will add to the depth of the newcomers on the offensive line. 

Cameron Bibins

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: New Braunfels, Texas/Canyon High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 14, 2022

The starting running back at Canyon as a senior, Bibins was a First Team All-District honoree this past fall. Upon taking a handoff, the 5’8 standout is quick through an opening the offensive line, and a dynamic force out of the backfield with his agility. He also saw time at safety during his high school career, helping the defense to the 5A state playoffs as a junior. Bibins was well recruited by ASC program, as he was offered by Hardin-Simmons, Texas Lutheran, and Sul Ross State in addition to UMHB. 

Alec Boyle

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 14, 2022

A 5’10, 175 lb safety and linebacker, Boyle is excellent in pass coverage. He reads the ball out of the quarterback’s hand well, and has the speed to make the necessary play, whether that be a pass breakup or an interception. He tallied three interceptions as a senior in 2021, and also tallied 5.4 tackles per game. Boyle drew offers from Hardin-Simmons and Howard Payne. He was offered by the Cru on Feb. 10. 

Quentin Curtis

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Klein Texas/Klein High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 13, 2022

The UMHB running backs unit was bolstered over the last several days, and Curtis is a huge addition to the recruiting class. He runs downhill out of the backfield, reads the blocks from his offensive linemen well, and seems to get the most yardage out of every carry. He averaged 5.1 yards per rush in 2021, with 12 touchdowns and four 100-plus yard performances. Curtis picked up opportunities from a number of quality NAIA schools, such as Tabor College and Benedictine, as well as Texas Lutheran and Millsaps at the D-III level. He was offered by UMHB on Jan. 20. 

Blake Fuller

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Wylie, Texas/Wylie High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 14, 2022

Fuller, a 5’9, 170 lb running back and receiver, is dangerous out of the backfield. With incredible speed and agility, Fuller tallied 1,092 rushing yards as a senior in 2021, tallying 11 touchdowns and six 100-plus rushing yard games. He also caught 23 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns. He presents a number of matchup advantages for the offense, and is extremely hard to bring down. Fuller was offered by UMHB on Feb. 8. 

Jacob Alston

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Monahans, Texas/Monahans High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 14, 2022

An Honorable Mention All-State honoree at the 4A level, Alston displays great footwork and a high football IQ. He primarily played tackle for Monahans this past year, and also saw action on defense at defensive end. He held 11 collegiate offers, including opportunities from D-III power Mount Union, as well as ASC rival Hardin-Simmons, Otterbein, Howard Payne, and Wayland Baptist. 

Cameron Mitton

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: McKinney, TexasNike Dallas FC 

Commitment Date: Feb. 2, 2022

The fleet-footed 6’1, 200 lb running back and safety is a threat in multiple facets of the game. As a returner, he reads his blockers well, and his speed and agility allow for separation from the kicking unit as he sprints upfield. At running back, it is much of the same, as Mitton’s outside running ability creates numerous big gains on the ground. His ability to change direction on a dime is impressive, and that agility helps him on the defensive end as well. Mitton visited UMHB on Jan. 30. 

Jonathan Diaz

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Lubbock, Texas/Roosevelt High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 2, 2022

A standout linebacker and running back who reads the opposing offensive backfields well, Diaz tallied 115 solo tackles in 15 games this season, 151 total, with 24.0 TFL. Those eye-popping stats are present in his offensive performances as well, with 66 carries for 1,112 yards as a senior. He tallied three 100+ yard rushing performances, with a total of 19 touchdowns in 2021. His hard-nosed running sticks out on film, as offensively, he runs downhill, reading his blockers, and defensively, he powers through the opposing offensive line to make the tackle in the backfield. Diaz also held offers from Wayland Baptist and Hardin-Simmons. 

Kayden Baze

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Odessa, Texas/Permian High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 2, 2022

Baze originally committed to Hardin-Simmons, but the First Team All-State honorable mention honoree flipped his commitment to UMHB on signing day. A 6’1, 185 lb safety and linebacker, Baze is quick to the ball, and tallied 111 total tackles, 66 of which were solo, two interceptions and six pass deflections as a senior. Baze held offers from McMurry, Wayland Baptist, Graceland, Iowa Wesleyan, Texas Wesleyan and Hardin-Simmons, before committing to UMHB, who offered the Odessa native on Jan. 8. 

Tyler Fussell

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Fort Worth, Texas/Eaton High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 2, 2022

The first quarterback commit for the Cru in the Class of 2022, Fussell has quite an arm, throwing for 2,054 yards as a senior. On film against the blitz, Fussell has notable composure, stepping up in the pocket before finding the open receiver downfield. Agile and accurate, Fussell completed 60.8 percent of his passes in 2021, adding 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions. In fact, in his final high school regular season game, against Timber Creek, he set the new school record for passing yards in a game, throwing for 331 yards and four scores. He also held offers from Howard Payne, Hendrix and Carthage College. 

Jacob Rose

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Corpus Christi, Texas/Flour Bluff High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 1, 2022

Rose, a 6’3, 230 lb defensive end, is a hard-hitter, who comes off the edge with a great first step. He uses his footwork to get around the blocks of opposing offensive linemen, and was critical in Flour Bluff’s deep playoff run this past fall. In fact, he helped make the game-ending tackle on fourth-and-goal against Veterans Memorial to seal Flour Bluff’s first regional championship in program history. Rose is quick, but also has size, and can definitely make an early impact in Belton. He also held offers from Willamette, Texas Lutheran, Sul Ross State and Kilgore. 

William Cornelson

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 1, 2022

A defensive end and linebacker, Cornelson adds to UMHB’s incoming depth on defense, as the Vista Ridge standout was especially impressive in the pass rush this past fall. He recorded 39 total tackles, seven for loss, and tallied 12 quarterback hurries. At 6’3, 235 lbs, Cornelson was a key aspect of Vista Ridge’s defensive front for the last several seasons, winning the team’s Defensive Line MVP in 2021. A First Team All-District honoree, Cornelson made both a gameday and an official visit to UMHB, choosing the Cru over Saint John’s, Rose-Hulman, Hardin-Simmons, and others. 

Isaiah Adams

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: North Richland Hills, Texas/Richland High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 1, 2022

Adams, a defensive tackle, is a run-stopping force. He tallied 48 tackles this season, 15 solo, with 2.0 sacks, and made a tremendous impact for Richland’s defensive front. Adams was also a Second-Team All-District selection in 2021. The 6’1, 265 lb defensive tackle held offers from ETBU, McPherson, and D-II Upper Iowa University. He was offered by UMHB on Jan. 15. 

Octavio Jacquez

Sport: Men’s Soccer

Hometown/High School: Longview, Texas/ Pine Tree High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 31, 2022

Jacquez, a goalkeeper, has already begun his senior year, recording 47 saves in six games. Last season, as a junior, he tallied 130 saves in 21 matches. Jacquez is quick on his feet, and reads the opposing midfielders and forwards well, which allows him to get in front of the opponent’s shots. The 6’2, 185 lb standout is also a captain on Pine Tree’s team, and was a 2021 Southeast All-American. 

Ja’marcus Carprew

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Waco, Texas/Waco High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 30, 2022

A 6’4, 245 lb defensive end, Carprew has size and agility that make him a force on the edge. He has excellent lateral footwork, and often finds his way into the opposing backfield, taking down the ballcarrier or putting pressure on the quarter. Carprew also held offers from ASC foe McMurry and East New Mexico University. 

Skyler Robinson

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Houston, Texas/Hightower High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 29, 2022

Primarily a safety who also saw action at linebacker, Robinson is another added boost to UMHB’s secondary. He can blitz well, but in pass coverage is top-notch, with the ability to keep eyes on the quarterback as well as the opposing receiver and make the right play. He finished his senior year with 68 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 7.0 TFL. Robinson had offers from Texas Lutheran, Sul Ross State, North American, and Louisiana College. UMHB offered him on Jan. 12. 

Brandon James

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Quinlan, Texas/Ford High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 1, 2022

James, a standout left tackle for Ford HS, stands at 6’1, 280 lbs, and certainly can be a force on the UMHB offensive line in years to come. Playing in an option-based offense in high school, James’ run-blocking is fine-tuned, and he has an excellent first step upon the snap of the ball. He was offered by UMHB on Jan. 6.

Jacob Hall

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Caddo Mills, Texas/Caddo Mills High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 1, 2022

The Defensive Lineman of the Year, Hall is a force on the defensive line. At 6’3, 240 lbs, Hall played four years on the varsity squad at Caddo Mills His excellent lateral footwork is something that jumps out on film, as he works his way around blocks from opposing offensive linemen and finds his way to the ball carrier. Hall held offers from ASC programs ETBU, McMurry, Hardin-Simmons and Texas Lutheran before committing to UMHB. 

Izaya Brooks

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Tyler, Texas/Chapel Hill High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 30, 2022

Brooks, a defensive back, stands out on film as a player with incredible footwork and hand-eye coordination. In deep coverage, matched up against some of the opponent’s top outside receivers, Brooks recorded 11 pass deflections as a senior, as well as 36 solo tackles. He is quick into the backfield on screens and shuffle plays, and also tallied two interceptions in 2021. A First Team All-District cornerback, Brooks also held an offer from Howard Payne. UMHB offered him on Jan. 26. 

Dontroy Sterling

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Bellmead, Texas/La VegaHigh School

Commitment Date: Jan. 29, 2022

A middle linebacker, tight end, and fullback, Sterling is versatile on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he blocks extremely well and can be used in a variety of formations, due to his pass-catching and blocking ability. The fleet-footed 6’0, 184 lb standout also has good vision against the run as a linebacker, with a hard-hitting approach on both defense and kickoff coverage. He also played for La Vega’s 2018 team that won the 4A D1 State Title game, and has experience against high-quality opponents within the Lone Star State. He was offered by D-III power Mount Union and ASC foe Sul Ross State. 

Stonewall Vernor

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Chute, Texas/Brazoswood High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 28, 2022

The name is fitting for the nose guard who is quite literally a stone wall for opposing offenses. Running backs are in for a long day when Vernor is on the other side of the line, as the 6’1, 270 lb lineman tallied 2.0 sacks, 31 total tackles and 16 solo tackles in 2021. With a quick first step, Venor is agile enough to get around opposing offensive lineman, but strong enough to push back the opposing center as well. He also held offers from Howard Payne, Hardin-Simmons and Southwestern. 

Royce Green

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Bellville, Texas/Bellville High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 28, 2022

A cornerback and running back, Green is able to play both sides of the ball. As a cornerback, he has excellent vision, reading the opposing quarterback even while he drops back in coverage. He tallied 16 solo tackles on a team that went 12-1 in 2021, and added an interception, which he returned for 30 yards, along with three pass deflections. At the running back position, Green, at 5’11, 165 lbs, averaged 2.4 yards per carry, with one touchdown. He was used in specific sets that Bellville ran, often near the red zone, and he runs through contact especially well. Green also held D-III offers from Albright College and Carthage College.

Cole Strickland

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Allen, Texas/Allen High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 24, 2022

Strickland, a 6’0, 240 lb defensive lineman, stood out for Allen this past season as a senior. In 11 games, he tallied 11 solo tackles, 22 total tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries. The film shows a player with great agility, who often sprints through the A-Gap (gap on offensive line between center and guard) to make tackles in the backfield. With that, he also has the ability to force the quarterback out of the pocket and plays a key role in the pass rush. Strickland’s shuttle top time is 4.35 seconds. He was offered by UMHB on Jan. 13. 

Joe Montez

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: San Antonio, Texas/Brennan High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 27, 2022

Montez, a tackle/guard, adds depth to UMHB’s incoming offensive line group, which is now at four. A two time All-District standout, stands at 6’3, 297 lbs, and is incredibly strong. Always a force up front for Brennan, he started at both left and right tackle during his high school career, and a key part of his skill set is his speed upon the snap. With a solid first step, and quality footwork, Montez made it hard for opposing defensive linemen to get into the backfield. He also held offers from Hardin-Simmons, Texas Lutheran, New Mexico Highlands, Panhandle State, and others, before committing to UMHB. He was offered by the Cru on Jan. 4. 

Kendreon Miller

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Pflugerville, Texas/Weiss High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 26, 2022

A hard-hitting linebacker and edge rusher, Miller was a force for the Weiss defensive front the last three seasons. At 6’0, 225 lbs, he has an ability to get into the opposing backfield and bring down the ball carrier, also putting pressure on the quarterback on certain plays in which he blitzed from the edge. With high-quality awareness, Miller uses his hands and footwork to get around blocks and straight to the ball. He received an offer from UMHB on Jan. 11 and made a visit to Belton on Jan. 17. He also held offers from McPherson, Texas Lutheran, Wisconsin Lutheran, SAGU, and others.

Ethan Rayfield

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: San Antonio, Texas/Clark High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 26, 2022

A standout safety in District 28-6A, Rayfield has top-level speed and excellent vision when it comes to reading opposing quarterbacks. A First Team All-District selection as a senior, Rayfield was selected to compete at the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game in early January, and as a junior, was the top-ranked 2022 Central Texas defensive back by Prep Redzone. Standing at 6’0, 165 lbs, Rayfield tallied 43 solo tackles, 74 total, and four interceptions during the 2021 season, leading the Clark defense. He also held offers from Trinity, Kentucky Wesleyan, and LaGrange. 

Kendle Arnold

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: North Richland Hills, Texas/Richland High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 25, 2022

Speed on the outside goes a long way, and Arnold’s athleticism from his outside linebacker position has allowed him to get into opposing backfields within seconds of the snap. He often lines up on the edge, and presents a force for opposing offensive lines to try to slow. Arnold hits hard, and has the strength to bring a ball carrier to the ground by himself. As a senior this past fall, he recorded eight solo tackles, 52 total, and added a sack. In pass coverage, he tallied three pass deflections. Arnold also held offers from ETBU, Hardin-Simmons and Northwestern Oklahoma, along with an offer from the Cru on Jan. 14.

Trent West

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Belton, Texas/Belton High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 25, 2022

West will stay in his hometown to continue college, and is a huge commit for the Cru defense. A cornerback who stands at 6’2, 165 lbs, West tallied 33 solo tackles this past season as a senior, and added two interceptions along with a fumble recovery. He has phenomenal vision in deep coverage and tremendous speed that helps as a kick and punt returner as well. His play as a defensive back is impressive, though his play on special teams catches one’s eye, with incredible intensity and the ability to block opposing field goal attempts, and return a kick into opposing territory behind a few good blocks. West held a D-I offer from Texas Southern and D-II offers from West Texas A&M, Angelo State, and Midwestern State.

Austin Criswell

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Argyle, Texas/Argyle High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 24, 2022

A key member of the offensive line on a team that won the state 4A-D1 championship a year ago, Criswell is a tackle who finishes his blocks and demonstrates impressive footwork. At 6’4, 275 lbs, his strength is a notable aspect of his skill set, as is his lateral movement, which makes him a challenge for even the best defensive linemen to get around. Criswell uses his hands well and his overall IQ on the field makes him a legitimate varsity candidate as a freshman. He had strong interest from the D-I FCS level, with offers from Texas A&M-Commerce, Incarnate Word and Valparaiso. He was offered by UMHB on Jan. 19, and had both a home visit and campus visit prior to his commitment. 

Troy Gaytan

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: San Antonio, Texas/Brennan High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 24, 2022

Gaytan is a key addition to the Class of 2022 for the Crusader defensive front, as the 5’11, 255 lb defensive tackle is agile and quick to the ball, with more than enough strength to bring the ball carrier down. He saw action in 11 games this past season for Brennan, recording nine solo tackles, 20 total, with five for loss. Gaytan added a sack for a loss of six yards and a fumble recovery. Lined up directly across from the opposing center on most plays, Gaytan forces opposing quarterbacks outside the pocket and is key in stopping the run up the middle. He visited UMHB Jan. 17 of this year, and held other offers from Sul Ross State, Arizona Christian and others.

Christen Holt

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Schertz, Texas/Clemens High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 23, 2022

Holt, a talented tackle who stands at 6’1, 305 lbs, is one of two offensive linemen to commit to UMHB on Sunday. He was also, to our knowledge, the first offensive player to commit to the Cru in the Class of 2022. A three-year varsity starter, Holt’s strength is seen on film as he was matched up with defensive ends and outside linebackers on most plays, and demonstrated great footwork while keeping those defenders away from the ball carrier. He also opens up running lanes extremely well, blocking to either the outside or the inside. Holt also held offers from SAGU and Mount Marty University. He was offered by UMHB on Jan. 14.  

Joshua Queneau

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Nevada, Texas/Community High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 23, 2022

Queneau, a 6’1, 255 lb Class of 2022 commit, held offers from Culver-Stockton College, Bethany College and Hardin-Simmons before committing to UMHB, joining a high-quality offensive line unit. A tackle and guard in high school, he has a phenomenal run blocking ability, often opening up lanes for Community’s running backs on the outside. Community runs the Slot T offense, a run-based formation, which gave Queneau ample opportunity to develop as a run blocker, especially on pull blocks, in which the guard shifts to the opposite side of the field upon the snap, and runs ahead of the running back. Queneau was offered by UMHB on Jan. 5, 2022. 

Nick de las Alas

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Montgomery, TX/Montgomery HS

Commitment Date: Jan. 21, 2022

It did not take de las Alas long to make his college decision; less than 48 hours in fact. UMHB offered the kicker on Jan. 19, and yesterday, he announced his commitment. As a senior this past fall, he was 6/8 on field goal attempts and 133/135 on PATs, accounting for 81 total points, and was also named Academic All-State. He has a strong leg with good distance on his kicks, and that will only be added to at the collegiate level. He also held offers from D-III programs Tufts, Hardin-Simmons and Howard Payne. 

Erick Roberts

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Allen, TX/Allen HS

Commitment Date: Jan. 21, 2022

An infielder and right-handed pitcher in the Class of 2022, Roberts adds to head coach Mike Stawski’s recruiting class for next season in a big way. With quick hands at the plate, and notable speed (7.45 60-yard dash time), he is a force on the basepaths, and can also hit to all fields. In addition to his fastball as a pitcher, in the low-80 mph range, Roberts has an exceptional curveball. 

Broedie Salas

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Thrall, TX/Thorndale HS

Commitment Date: Jan. 19, 2022

A 6’0, 109 lb catcher/first baseman, Salas was a Second Team All-State selection as a junior. With a phenomenal arm behind the plate (max recorded velocity 88 mph) opposing base runners do not attempt many stolen bases against Salas, who demonstrates a quick pop time (time from ball hitting catcher’s glove to it arriving at second base). At the plate, he has plenty of power as a right-handed hitter. 

Addison Self

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 19, 2021

Self, an All-District post player, has a tremendous ability to score in the paint, as well as rebound at a high rate. As a freshman, Self averaged a double-double at 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds and has only grown in her role as one of the Wichita Falls area’s top high school players. UMHB offered Self, a Class of 2022 commit, on July 17, 2021.

Catalina Cortez

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Lubbock, Texas/Cooper High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 19, 2021

The point guard on a state semifinalist team as a junior, as well as a First-Team All-District honoree, Cortez displays excellent vision on the floor and a long-range shooting ability. She is quick enough to get around opposing defenders, but can also stop quickly and connect from mid-range. Cortez was offered by UMHB on Sept.4, 2021, and also held offers from D-II Angelo State and ASC foes Hardin-Simmons and McMurry.

Joseph Pendleton

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: West, Texas/West High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 17, 2022

Pendleton, a versatile player who played both sides of the ball at West, is a 6’1, 215 lb running back/tight end/defensive end/linebacker. He is the first known Class of 2022 commit for UMHB. A look at the film reveals a defender who, from the linebacker position, has great vision and an ability to get into the backfield on running plays, often taking down the ballcarrier before crossing the line of scrimmage. But his agility was also seen numerous times while dropping back in coverage, as he reads opposing quarterbacks well, while maintaining minimal distance to the receiver, which led to interceptions and pass breakups. Pendleton was also offered by Southwestern, Rose-Hulman, Grinnell, Hardin-Simmons at the D-III level. UMHB offered him on Jan. 14.

Bryce Farlander

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Plano, Texas/Plano West High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 13, 2021

Farlander, a 5’11, right-handed pitcher and middle infielder, throws his fastball in the mid-80s, and has a solid curveball and changeup as secondary pitches. Entering his senior year as a Class of 2022 commit, Farlander comes off a summer in which he was named to the All-Tournament Team at the WWBA Perfect Game Tournament in Georgia in July. In his first start of the 2021 season for Plano West, a 4-1 win over Highland Park, Farlander went 6.0 innings, striking out nine with just two hits and zero earned runs allowed.

Note: This is a late addition as we did not find out about Farlander’s commitment until recently. As a reminder, if you know of any UMHB commits not listed here, please email rileyzayas@truetothecru.com

Kobe Soto

Sport: Men’s Soccer

Hometown/High School/Prev. College: Lewisville, Texas/Lewisville HS/McMurry

Commitment Date: Jan. 5, 2022

Soto comes from ASC foe McMurry, where he was a sophomore this past season. A defender and midfielder who stands at 5’6, Soto played 131 minutes in two starts as a freshman. He did not see action for the War Hawks this past fall, however. As a high schooler, Soto was a standout for Lewsville, earning All-District honors as a senior, as he helped his team to a playoff berth, scoring a goal in the 63rd minute of the regular season finale. 

Geonna Waddell

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Full article: Geonna Waddell to transfer to UMHB women’s basketball

Paula Rosello Mateu

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Full article: UMHB women’s basketball adds transfer Paula Rosello Mateu

Elizabeth Elder

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: San Juan Capistrano, California/Crean High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 21, 2021

A day after getting a non-conference win over Schreiner, the Cru picked up a win in the recruiting game, securing a commitment from Elizabeth Elder, in the Class of 2023. Elder is the first known commit for UMHB in the Class of 2023, as she is in her junior year at Crean High School. A 5’9 guard who shoots it well from the outside, Elder possesses incredible defensive skills, including an ability to stay in front of the ball handler in transition with excellent footwork. Last season at San Juan Hills High School, she averaged 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. Elder also played for the Cal Storm 17U National Team in the summer on the AAU circuit.

Darwin Davis Jr.

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Thibodaux, Louisiana/Thibodaux High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 20, 2021

Davis, a talented defensive back who played one year at Arkansas Baptist College, is set to join the Cru in January. The 6’0, 165 lb safety/cornerback played four games in the spring of 2021 for ABC, tallying 10-plus pass breakups and 20-plus tackles. On film, he demonstrates an excellent ability to cover on deep routes, and his footwork makes him hard for receivers to get past.

Shane Melick

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Ironwood Ridge High School/Oro Valley, Arizona

Commitment Date: Dec. 19, 2021

UMHB head coach Mike Stawski has established a good recruiting base in Arizona,, securing commitments from pitchers Cayden Musgrove and Trace Laudenschlager last year, and now Melick, who is in the Class of 2022. A first baseman, outfielder, and right-handed pitcher, Melick is ranked as the fourth-best first baseman in the Class of 2022 coming out of Arizona by 2022 Prep Baseball Rankings. As a junior, he hit .304 in 16 games, with 11 runs scored and 18 RBI. He also had nine appearances as a pitcher, with a 5.09 ERA and 39 strikeouts.

Brookeyln Guerrero

Sport: Softball

Hometown/High School: China Spring, Texas/China Spring High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 18, 2021

Guerrero, an All-District selection in 2021, is the first known Class of 2023 commit for head coach Melissa Mojica’s program. Last spring, as a sophomore, she hit .390 in 27 games, with 33 RBI and two home runs, with 14 of her 32 hits going for extra bases. The infielder/catcher will join her club teammates Hannah McCallister and Bralyn Belk, both Class of 2022 commits, in Belton, and in October, she was ranked as one of top Class of 2023 utility players in the state of Texas by Lonestar Preps. Guerrero made her visit to UMHB on Sept. 21 of this year. 

Cameron Bogan

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Tomball, Texas/Tomball High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 10, 2021

Bogan, a transfer from Fort Scott Community College (Kansas) returns to his home state for his sophomore year. He carries four years of eligibility into the 2022 season, and, while an infielder by trade, Bogan will likely see time as a pitcher this season for the Crusaders. During his senior year of high school in 2020, which was cut short due to Covid-19, he hit .600 in five games, scoring three runs. On the mound, he fired seven innings over his final two high school seasons, posting a 4.00 ERA and a 1-0 record.

Ryleigh Sheehan

Sport: Softball

Hometown/High School: China Spring, Texas/China Spring High School

Commitment Date: Oct. 21, 2021

A 5’4 outfielder in the Class of 2022, Sheehan was named the MVP of District 18-4A this past spring. With tremendous speed and a great ability to track fly balls, Sheehan is a solid addition to UMHB head coach Melissa Mojica’s 2022 recruiting class. Her speed not only improves her value defensively, but also helps her to beat out throws on infield hits, something she did multiple times this past summer.

Bryton Wright

Sport: Softball

Hometown/High School: Melissa, Texas/Melissa High School

Commitment Date: Oct. 10, 2021

Wright, a 5’10 pitcher/first baseman, is a huge addition to UMHB’s 2022 recruiting class. A Texas Sports Writers Association All-State honoree as a junior last spring, Wright posted a 23-1 record in the circle with an impressive ERA of 0.29. In 442 batters faced, she struck out 237, and fired 120 innings with just five earned runs. At the plate, Wright hit .452 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

Bree Casey

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock Raiders Homeschool

Commitment Date: Oct. 6, 2021

For the second straight day, the Cru secured a commit in the Class of 2022. Casey, a 5’8 guard, is a sharpshooter who consistently connected on shots from behind the arc during her junior year and this past summer, averaging 20.6 points per game. She is also an aggressive defender who fits the style of guard play at UMHB. Casey was offered by head coach Mark Morefield on June 24 of this year.

Olivia Pedigo

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Bells, Texas/Bells High School

Commitment Date: Oct. 5, 2021

Pedigo is the sixth commit in Mark Morefield’s 2022 recruiting class. The 6’0 shooting guard/shooting forward will aim to get back on the court this season as a senior, having missed her junior year due to an ACL tear. She is a solid defender with great footwork who tallied several steals for Bells during the 2019-20 season, as the team posted an 11-1 district record.

Kacie Flanakin

Sport: Women’s Soccer

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/Regents School of Austin

Commitment Date: Feb. 4, 2021

Flanakin announced her verbal commitment back in February, and is the first known women’s soccer commit in the Class of 2022. A two-time All-District honoree, the forward has great ball control and precise accuracy when making passes. Flanakin is also a key contributor to Regents’ offense, finding the back of the net on numerous occasions during her junior year.


Said Flanakin in an Instagram post: “I’m very excited to announce my verbal commitment to play soccer @umhb and play for Coach Elkins and for @cruwomenssoccer. I am so grateful for the support from my family, friends, and @lonestarsc. Special thanks to Coach Danno and my father for always believing in me. Go Crusaders!”

Caitlin Beaty

Sport: Softball

Hometown/High School: Weatherford, Texas/Aledo High School

Commitment Date: August 22, 2021

Beaty, a Class of 2022 commit, plays catcher and designated hitter for Aledo High, a consistent playoff contender in 5A. As a junior this past spring, Beaty saw action in 20 recorded games, hitting .294 with 12 RBI and a .359 on-base percentage.

Kaia Halfmann

Sport: Volleyball

Hometown/High School: Tomball, Texas/Tomball Memorial High School

Commitment Date: July 25, 2021

Halfmann, a setter in the Class of 2022, has gotten off to a solid start this season, beginning her senior year with 23 digs in 12 sets played. She has also tallied two kills and averages 4.0 assists per set. The 5’10 standout is in her second season on Tomball Memorial’s varsity roster. She is also the first known volleyball commit in the Class of 2022 (Savannah Johnson, below, committed three weeks later).

Savannah Johnson

Sport: Volleyball

Hometown/High School: Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock Christian Academy

Commitment Date: August 15, 2021

Johnson’s verbal commitment was announced on Aug. 15, but it will be a good while before Johnson officially inks her decision to join the Cru, as she is only a junior. The 5’10 outside hitter has averaged 1.8 kills per set during her high school career, with a .203 hitting percentage. In a 3-0 sweep of Grace Academy on Aug. 10, Johnson tallied 10 kills and posted an impressive hitting percentage of .471.

Mathis Rollin

Sport: Men’s Golf

Hometown/Club: Rockland, Ontario, Canada/Camelot G & CC

Commitment Date: June 8, 2021

Rollin, a signee in the Class of 2021, is the first international UMHB commit of any sport on campus in this incoming class. The 5’9, 140 lb 18-year old averages a 74 (18 hole average) according to his NCSA profile and has an extremely fluid swing. He qualified for nationals in each of the last two years. According to his coach Marc Blais, “the sky is the limit” for Rollin.

Tyler Caschette

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Cape Coral, FL/Cape Coral High School

Commitment Date: May 29, 2021

Caschette is the first football commit in UMHB’s 2021 recruiting class from the state of Florida. The 6’4, 240 lb defensive end is especially good on run defense, as he uses his large frame to get past the offensive line and to the ballcarrier. While he is phenomenal as an edge rusher, he could compete for playing time at UMHB at the defensive tackle position. He will need to slightly increase his speed (5.00 second 40 yard dash) in order to see early playing time at the college level, but has the aggressiveness and physicality that UMHB defensive line coach Mark Carey expects from his players.

Tyler Stone

Sport(s): Football and Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Joshua, Texas/Joshua High School

Decommitment date: May 27, 2021

Stone signed with UMHB on March 3, but Div. III signings are not official or binding, meaning the recruitment process can continue even after a Div. III bound student-athlete has “signed”. A phenomenal athlete who was set to be a two-sport standout for the Cru, Stone played cornerback and wide receiver in football and shooting guard in basketball. He is headed to Div. I Tarleton State for track and field.

Gannon Parker

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Richardson, Texas/Richardson High School

Commitment Date: May 25, 2021

A standout 6’7, 225 lb forward and center for the state’s No. 3 team (Maxpreps rankings), Parker is a huge addition to UMHB’s frontcourt. He is a phenomenal interior defensive player, with a great ability to tally blocks and steals and play in an aggressive manner without picking up a high number of fouls. In fact, he was named the Defensive Player of the Year in district 7-6A this season. His potential as a scorer is high, and his ability to find a shooter beyond the arc, especially with the ball in the paint, will fit UMHB’s offense well.

Ethan Stokes

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Cibolo, Texas/Steele High School

Commitment Date: May 23, 2021

A 6’0, 225 lb running back in the Class of 2021, Stokes is a late commitment, and one who brings plenty of potential to Belton. This past season as a senior, Stokes played in nine games, with 47 carries for 269 rushing yards for an average of 5.7 yards per carry and four touchdowns. His 40 yard dash has been timed at 4.50 seconds, and his great vision running upfield adds several yards to his carries. That vision also revealed itself as Stokes returned punts and kickoffs for Steele this past fall.

Stokes also had an offer from Concordia (NE), and received his offer from UMHB on Sept. 17, 2020.

DJ Kane

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School/Previous College: Round Rock, Texas/McNeil High School/Ouachita Baptist

Commitment Date: May 22, 2021

Full article: UMHB men’s Basketball adds transfer DJ Kane

Payton Brooks

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School/Previous College: Wylie, Texas/Wylie High School/Abilene Christian

Commitment Date: May 21, 2021

Full article: UMHB men’s basketball adds D1 transfer in former Abilene Christian Guard Payton Brooks

Austin Jensen

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High school/Previous College: Granada, Colorado/Holly High School/North Platte CC/Otero JC

Commitment Date: May 18, 2021

Jensen will be a huge addition to UMHB’s post, as the 6’7, 195 lb forward will likely compete for playing time at the shooting forward or center position. He flashed his potential as an explosive rebounder and solid defender throughout his last two seasons at the junior college level, playing in 15 games this past year at Otero. He averaged just under a point per game (0.9 PPG) and 1.2 rebounds per game in a limited role, though he did register double digits in minutes twice.

Caleb Freeman

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Katy, Texas/Tompkins High School

Commitment Date: May 19, 2021

Freeman is a late Class of 2021 addition to UMHB’s incoming class. The quarterback stands at 6’0, 180 lbs and looks great as a runner, having displayed tremendous speed when flushed out of the pocket. He is also a solid passer with good vision who stayed patient in the pocket, and found the open man downfield on several occasions for Tompkins this past fall.

Josie Bruder

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Plano, Texas/Plano Senior High School

Commitment Date: May 18, 2021

Bruder, a 6’2 shooting guard/shooting forward in the Class of 2022, is the fourth commit in head coach Mark Morefield’s 2022 recruiting class. She plays well on the wing, but is versatile enough to post up and make plays in the paint. Bruder also does a good job of of following up her shot and shoots the three especially well from the corner.

Reagan Spenrath

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: El Campo, Texas/El Campo High School

Commitment Date: May 13,2021

Spenrath is the eighth commit in UMHB men’s basketball’s incoming recruiting class, and has top-notch athleticism combined with a 6’6, 190 lb frame. He is a force in the paint and also a solid defender in transition, with a great pass deflection ability. He threw down more than a few dunks this past season, bringing the crowd to its feet as he soared past the defense on his way to the rim. In 24 games this past year, Spenrath averaged 14.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per contest.

He made his visit to Belton and received an offer from UMHB on March 3 of this year. SCAC programs Schreiner and Austin College also offered Spenrath.

Tyler Jarolik

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School/Previous College: Troy, Texas/Troy High School/UT Permian Basin

Commitment Date: May 13, 2021

We had heard that UMHB men’s basketball would be going after several transfers headed into this offseason, and Jarolik is the third such commit in the incoming class. Jarolik comes to Belton by way of UT Permian Basin, an NCAA Div. II program in Odessa, Texas. He spent just one season there following a high school career that saw him average 26.4 points per game as a senior while winning district offensive MVP honors. In just two games with the Falcons, both against NCAA Div. I opponents (UTEP and UTSA), Jarolik averaged 5.0 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds.

Jarolik could be the biggest addition to this recruiting class, as he will undoubtedly play significant minutes and likely start on the wing. A sharpshooter in every definition of the word, Jarolik scored 2,285 points in his high school career.

Jacob Paske

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School/Previous College: Spring, Texas/Klein Collins High School/Blinn JC

Commitment Date: May 10, 2021

A 6’0 guard, Paske is the sixth member of UMHB’s incoming recruiting class and the second transfer. He is so quick that opponents have trouble finding a way to guard him without picking up fouls, as he is great off the dribble. Defensively, he breaks up plenty of passes and his high-tempo style of play should fit in well in Belton. He showed a great ability to score on fast breaks, even if there were multiple defenders in pursuit. He is an ideal wing, and while he averaged just .18 points in 11 games this past year, Paske has the tools to see early playing time with the Cru.

Cayden Musgrove

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Chandler, Arizona/Basha High School

Commitment Date: May 6, 2021

Musgrove is a huge addition to UMHB’s pitching staff, as the 6’3, 195 lb right-hander played at a high level in Arizona. As a senior, Musgrove went 5-2 with a 4.77 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 36.2 innings of work. His ERA is something that can be improved, especially under the direction of UMHB’s coaching staff, but it is his velocity that makes him an ideal starter for the Cru. His fastball hits between 84 and 86 mph, though he has touched 88. He also has a phenomenal curveball that breaks just before it crosses the plate.

Luke Feely

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School/Previous college: Argyle, Texas/Argyle High School/Black Hills State Univ.

Commitment Date: May 3, 2021

Feely committed to UMHB on the same day as his brother Trent, and returns to his home state after two years in Spearfish, South Dakota at Black Hills State Univ. (Div. II). Feely is the first transfer on record that UMHB has secured for this upcoming season. He was a two-star recruit coming out of Argyle, and redshirted his first year at Black Hills State in 2018-19, and was injured for the whole season in 2019-20, before opting out of this past season due to Covid.

With the loss of wing Aedan Welch to graduation, the addition of a 6’5 forward in Feely is huge. He posts up well, and while in high school, displayed great strength in the paint and around the rim. Though he has not played a single minute in college, he has two years of experience at the college level, and is likely to start at the five position for the Cru this upcoming season.

Trent Feely

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Argyle, Texas/Liberty Christian High School

Commitment Date: May 3, 2021

Feely, a guard in the Class of 2021, displays tremendous footwork on both ends of the floor. A defender who is willing to take a charge, his physicality displays itself on the defensive end. His aggressive on-ball defense makes it hard for opponents to put the ball on the floor or even make the easy pass. His ability to drive to the lane on the offensive end is just as impressive. At 6’1, he is likely to play on the wing for the Cru and was named a TAPPS First Team 6A District 1 honoree following his senior season at Liberty Christian.

Seanna Boltz

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Pine Ridge, North Dakota/Riverside Indian School

Commitment Date: April 27, 2021

Boltz adds to a large 2021 recruiting class for Mark Morefield’s program, and is unique in the fact that she is UMHB’s only incoming JUCO transfer. The guard played two years at Cowley College in Baldwin, Kansas, and has two years of eligibility remaining. As a sophomore this past season, she played in 32 games, averaging 14.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. Her scoring ability was put on display when she tallied 26 points in consecutive games in early February. A sharpshooter from three-point range, she broke the school record for threes in a season with 123 this past year.

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James McGlumphy

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock High School

Commitment Date: April 29, 2021

McGlumphy, a pitcher in the Class of 2021, comes to Belton from a top-notch 6A program at Round Rock. The 6’2, 185 lb right-hander mixes speeds well and throws a tight curveball that highlights his arsenal of pitches. Watching him on film, it is obvious he makes up for a slight lack of speed (fastball at 85 mph) with tremendous accuracy. He averaged 9.8 strikeouts per seven innings last summer, playing travel ball for the GPS Legends program.

Cooper Babcock

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Belton, Texas/Belton High School

Commitment Date: April 27, 2021

Babcock strengthens UMHB’s 2021 recruiting class and will be playing his college baseball not far from where he starred in high school for the Belton Tigers. A catcher who can also play other positions if necessary, Babcock has a 6’1, 165 lb build and drives the ball well at the plate. He is likely to hit at the top of the order while with the Cru considering his patience at the plate and ability to work the count. Behind the plate, he has a pop time of 1.94, meaning it takes just 1.94 seconds for Babcock to catch the ball and fire it to second baseman’s glove.

Aidan Thompson

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/Anderson High School

Commitment Date: April 27, 2021

Thompson brings a hard-hitting style to Belton, as the linebacker in the Class of 2021 made several big plays defensively for Anderson this past year. He splits the gap well coming from the middle linebacker position, and challenged opponents who opted to run to either side of the field. Anderson ran a 3-4 defense, but Thompson should not have trouble adjusting to the Cru’s 4-3 set. In fact, it may allow him to display his speed while in coverage a little more, considering there are more bodies on the line to stop the run.

A strong student in the classroom, Thompson posted a GPA of 4.19 in high school according to his Twitter bio. He also received offers from Bethany College (NAIA), Willamette University (D3), Southwestern (D3), and Cornell College (D3), amongst others.

Milton Mooring

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Bryan, Texas/Rudder High School

Commitment Date: April 23, 2021

Mooring, a wide receiver in the class of 2021, brings to Belton solid size at 5’10, 175 lbs. On film, the first thing that jumps out at you is his ability to pull in passes through tight coverage. He runs sharp routes and plays with a physicality that allowed him to tally multiple catches right near the sideline and in the corners of the end zone during his high school career. He lined up often in the slot for Rudder and was a force to be reckoned with once he reached the open field. As a senior, he had 27 receptions for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

Mooring also had an offer from McPherson College.

Reid Cromie

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Woodway, Texas/ Midway High School

Commitment Date: April 22, 2021

Cromie, a quality left-hander in the class of 2021, is the kind of pitcher who has the ability to make an immediate impact at the collegiate level, likely as a reliever. He has a solid breaking ball that works well when facing left-handed batters, and also throws a fastball off the edge of the plate that induces several swinging strikes.

He was also a standout linebacker at Midway, and earned an offer to play football at ETBU in addition to his baseball offer from UMHB.

Caitlin Harris

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Crosby, Texas/Crosby High School

Commitment Date: April 21, 2021

Harris adds depth to UMHB’s 2022 recruiting class, bringing an offensive presence as a shooting guard. This past season, she displayed pinpoint accuracy from three-point range, firing often from the wing. Her footwork also translated into several layups through opposing defenses as she uses the eurostep especially well. Her excellent crossover dribble also opens up her ability to drive to the lane.

Harris, along with her twin sister Cortni, visited UMHB on April 16.

Cortni Harris

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Crosby, Texas/Crosby High School

Commitment Date: April 21, 2021

Harris joins UMHB’s 2022 recruiting class as a solid shooting guard who can also play as the primary ball handler. She is a stout defender who is active all over the floor and tallied several steals this past year that translated into points for Crosby. Harris also displayed a tremendous ability to connect from three-point range offensively, as her highest percentage shot is from either corner, and she also drives to the lane with ease.

Harris, along with her twin sister, Caitlin, visited UMHB on April 16.

Nicklas Fenner

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Canton, Texas/Canton High School

Commitment Date: April 16, 2021

Fenner is another solid addition to UMHB’s incoming recruiting class as he plays both ways in high school as a corner infielder and a pitcher, and has a solid 6’1, 200 lb frame. On the mound, he mixes speeds well and tends to strike out most hitters on a high fastball just above the zone that topped out at 84 mph last summer. As of April 12, Fenner was 3-0 on the season in 20 innings of work with 38 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.45. He has plenty of power behind his swing at the plate, and could hit in the four or five slot in UMHB’s lineup.

Mason Stewart

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Waller, Texas/Waller High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 1, 2021

Stewart, a versatile running back/wide receiver in the Class of 2021, brings to Belton tremendous speed, as he was clocked running a 4.5 40-yard dash according to Hudl. A 5’9, 175 lb standout, he may have been overlooked by Div. I programs due to his size, but has the skill set of Div. I players, with a high level of agility and vision when running up field. He was especially effective off the direct snap and wildcat formations for Waller this past season.

In addition to the offer he received from UMHB, Wisconsin Lutheran, Bethel College, Albright College and Southwestern also offered Stewart.

Abry Odom

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Lewisville, Texas/Hebron High School

Commitment Date: April 17, 2021

Odom, a class of 2021 commit, possesses an excellent outside shooting ability. A guard with great ball handling skills, her accuracy from long range makes her a sharpshooter who will likely play on the wing. She distributes the ball well, and will fit nicely into UMHB’s offense as a scoring weapon.

In addition to the offer she received from UMHB on Aug. 7, 2020, Odom was also offered by UT Dallas.

Chandler McGee

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Forney, Texas/North Forney High School

Commitment Date: March 11, 2021

McGee, Class of 2021 prospect who plays outside linebacker and strong safety, is a exciting player to watch due to his uncanny ability to do it all on defense. He looks especially strong on the blitz, getting to the quarterback quickly, and disrupting run plays. He often times lined up on the outside of the defensive line for North Forney, and kept opposing offenses on their toes with his ability to drop back in coverage or put pressure on the passer.

In addition to an offer from UMHB, McGee also reeled in offers from McMurry, Texas Lutheran, Graceland University, SAGU, Oklahoma Panhandle State, Concordia Chicago, Sul Ross State, Culver-Stockton College, and McPherson College, amongst several others.

Isaias Solis

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Orange Grove, Texas/Orange Grove High School

Commitment Date: April 15, 2021

Solis, a linebacker in the Class of 2021, has tremendous speed and the ability to get to the quarterback in the backfield, especially on play-action. He is hard for opponents to block, because of his agility and saw plenty of time on special teams as a blocker on returns and on the kickoff unit for Orange Grove.

Solis was also offered by Culver-Stockton College, Graceland University, McPherson College, Avila University, Clark University, and Bethany College.

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Braedyn Dawes

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge High School

Commitment Date: April 9, 2021

Dawes, a shooting guard in the Class of 2021, is a do-it-all kind of player, with tremendous athleticism. He shoots from behind the arc with pinpoint accuracy, uses quick footwork to drive to the lane, and on the defensive end, has quick hands that resulted in more than a few steals over the last couple of seasons. He is also listed as point guard on Vista Ridge’s roster, and as a confident ballahandler, could be used as the Cru’s primary ballhandler if need be.

The 6’3 Dawes is a D1 caliber player and a huge addition to UMHB’s incoming class, considering he averaged 20.6 points per game as a senior and eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his high school career this past season. He was ranked 139th in the Lone Star State by Prep Hoops Texas.

Dawes also had offers from D3 schools in Monmouth College, The University of Dallas, Trinity, Schreiner, Texas Lutheran, Southwestern, Eastern Nazarene College and Maranatha Baptist. UMHB offered him first on June 29, 2020.

Sarah Monday

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Muenster, Texas/Muenster High School

Commitment Date: April 5, 2021

Monday is an intriguing player in the Class of 2021 because of her strong defensive presence combined with her accuracy from three-point range. It is likely the UMHB coaching staff will use her a wing or in the high post because of her versatility. Monday’s style of play is something we’re seeing across all levels of women’s basketball, as ballhandling and three-point shooting skills have taken center stage. Interestingly, though listed as a shooting forward on Muenster’s roster, UMHB’s graphic featuring Monday listed her as a guard. On her Twitter bio, she is also listed as a point guard/shooting guard. She led Muenster to a 29-2 record during this past season.

Monday was also offered by Southwestern Assemblies of God (SAGU).

Makayla Ward

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson High School

Commitment Date: April 4, 2021

Ward, a guard in the Class of 2021, is a solid ballhandler who sees the floor extremely well. On offense, she drives to the lane with force, but also has great vision to find the open shooter. Perhaps her best move when driving to the lane is the eurostep, and it helped Ward penetrate opposing defenses this past season. Her awareness on defense is also worthy of mention, as she demonstrates tremendous footwork and tallied several multi-steal games this past year.

Ward returned to the court this season after suffering an ACL injury last year.

UMHB offered Ward on Feb. 13, 2021.

Javion Mays

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Cedar Park, Texas/ Cedar Park High School

Commitment Date: March 31, 2021

The first thing that sticks out when watching Mays, a safety and linebacker, play is his ability to get to the quarterback on the blitz. Cedar Park often lined him up on the outside on blitz packages, likely due to his agility and speed that is hard for opposing offensive linemen to counter. His high football IQ is evident on film, as he reads quarterbacks extremely well on passing plays and gets to the backfield in a hurry. In coverage, he was almost always on the opponent’s slot receiver, allowing him to keep the offense on its toes, and either drop back in coverage or quickly rush the quarterback.

Mays had two offers on the table before committing to UMHB, as Louisiana College and Concordia-Chicago had each offered the Class of 2021 prospect.

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Tyler Stone

Sport: Football and Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Joshua, Texas/ Joshua High School

Commitment Date: Feb, 25, 2021

Stone is the first athlete to commit to UMHB in two sports since we have been running the commitment tracker and, assuming all goes to plan, will become one of a small group of athletes to play two sports while as a Crusader.

As a wide receiver in football, Stone has great speed, but even more importantly, is agile and able thrive off screen passes and crossing routes. He does not need a lot of space to break a long gain, and will be an ideal slot receiver for the Cru in the near future. This past fall, the high school senior earned all-district honors, hauling in 56 receptions for 734 yards and 12 touchdowns.

On the basketball court, the 6’3, 185 lb guard is a sharpshooter, accurate from three-point range. He was named the District 14-5A Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Joshua High School Owls to their first playoff berth in 39 years.

The Cleburne Times-Review reported that Stone, who received his first college football offer from UMHB on Sept. 7, 2020, garnered interest from the men’s basketball coaching staff midway through the season during a 29-point performance. He received a basketball offer on Jan. 6, and made the decision to commit to UMHB on Feb. 25. He also had offers from ETBU and McMury, both for football.

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Alex Neimeth

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/Hgh School: Round Rock, Texas/Cedar Ridge High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 25, 2021

Neimeth, the first commit from the Class of 2022 for Mark Morefield’s program, is an intriguing player, as the 5’8 shooting guard has the ability to play on the perimeter or even in the high post if necessary. Strong off the dribble, she has a knack for driving to the lane and getting to the rim.

Tanner Bowman

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Uvalde, Texas/Uvalde High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 21, 2021

Bowman adds to an already stellar incoming wide receivers unit, as the tall and lean 6’3, 190 lb wideout runs a 4.5-second 40 yard dash and has excellent hands. Watching his play this past fall, even against talented defenses such as Lampasas and Boerne, Bowman still found ways to get open, lining up on the outside, in the slot and even a couple of times at tight end. One thing that really sticks out on film is his tremendous ability to pull down passes in the red zone, often in tight coverage.

Bowman was offered by the Cru on Feb. 1 of this year, and received a multitude of other offers, including a D1 offer from UC Davis. He also had offers from ASC foes Texas Lutheran, and Howard Payne.

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Jaeden Johnson

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Prarie View, Texas/Rosehill Christian School

Commitment Date: Feb. 18, 2021

The UMHB coaching staff has already received commitments from several spectacular offensive linemen in the Class of 2021, and Johnson is certainly one to add to that list. Playing guard for Rosehill Christian this past fall, the 6’2, 270 lb Johnson paved the way for the team’s average of 165.1 rushing yards per game. On running plays, he jumps forward as soon as the ball is snapped, and often has an opposing defensive lineman on the ground before the running back even takes the ball. As a pass blocker, it is obvious he has tremendous awareness and quickness, and could be competing for playing time as early as his freshman year.

It is unknown when UMHB offered Johnson, but he did visit the university on Feb. 1 of this year. He also had strong interest and an offer from D3 Wisconsin Lutheran, NAIA Culver-Stockton College, and D3 Albright College.

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Quddus Ogunbase

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: San Marcos, Texas/ San Marcos High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 6, 2021

It is not a surprise that quarterbacks tried not to throw in the direction of the 5’11, 175 lb Ogunbase this fall, as the cornerback has tremendous quickness and solid footwork. He totaled 17 solo tackles and pulled in two interceptions for 84 yards as a senior.

A highly-touted defensive back, Ogunbase also received offers from Iowa Wesleyan, McMurry, Texas Wesleyan, and Bates College.

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Keegan Pugh

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Seguin, Texas/ Navarro High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 3, 2021

A 6’9, 225 lb post player, Pugh has a ton of upside as he gets set to join Clif Carroll’s program next season. Known to be the first UMHB men’s hoops commit in the class of 2021, Pugh is a post player with tremendous footwork who is hard to stop on offense and uses his height to dominate on the boards on both ends of the floor. UMHB offered him back on Sept. 6, 2020 and the University of Dallas offered on Sept. 16, 2020.

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Logan Arnold

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/Vandegrift High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 29, 2021

Arnold is the third Vandegrift football player to commit to UMHB in the class of 2021, as the defensive back brings a great ability to read opposing quarterbacks and get his hands on the football. He tallied 58 solo tackles this past season, while pulling down two interceptions. He also blocked a punt, recovered a fumble and broke up seven passes.

A highly-sought after recruit, he had offers from division one programs in Campbell University, Abilene Christian, and Valparaiso University. ASC rivals were also pursuing him, as Southwestern, Sul Ross State, and McMurry offered the 5’11, 180 lb DB.

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Alejandro Garica

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Bossier City, Louisiana/Airline High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 29, 2021

Garcia is a quarterback who may be small in stature but can make big plays. The 6’0, 185 lb signal caller has demonstrated a unique ability to throw on the run, and has quite an arm too. He brings a dual-threat ability to Belton, as he can tear it up running the ball, with quick speed and elusiveness. This past fall, he was named All-District MVP, and also earned the title of All-City Offensive Player of the Year.

UMHB offered Garcia on Sept. 3. Based on his Twitter profile, he had interest from division one programs in Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State, though it is unknown if either gave him an offer.

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Joe Elder

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Dallas, Texas/ Dallas Skyline High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 30, 2021

Elder, a defensive tackle, does it all, as he broke through opposing offensive lines more than once this fall, logging eight sacks. Using lateral quickness to his advantage, he breaks away from blocks in order to tackle the ball carrier midstride, or put pressure on the quarterback.

Elder had offers from ASC rival Howard Payne, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Hendrix College, East Central University, as well as UMHB, who offered on Sept. 16.

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Vontez Martin

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Killeen, Texas/ Shoemaker High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 30, 2021

Martin, a wide receiver, uses his 6’3, 185 lb frame to go up for highly thrown passes in double coverage, and has tremendous quickness, with a 40-yard dash time of 4.50 seconds. He was one of the primary targets for Shoemaker quarterback and UMHB commit, Tyjayzeon Bell, this past fall, hauling in 14 passes for 193 yards.

Martin recently visited campus on Jan. 16, but received an offer from UMHB on Dec. 15. He also had offers from McMurry, the University of Saint Mary, and Methodist University.

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Braden Gunn

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Cleburne, Texas/ Cleburne High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Gunn, a phenomenal safety who caused havoc for opposing offenses this past fall, logged five interceptions, forced two fumbles, recovered three, and broke up 16 passes. He plays with a level of aggressiveness and effort that every coach wants to see, and has plenty of speed to go along with it. It is likely that the Cru may use Gunn in the return game at some point, as he saw action as Cleburne’s kick returner this past season.

The class of 2021 commit received a D2 offer from Southern Nazarene University, offers from ASC foes Hardin-Simmons, McMurry, Sul Ross State, and Southwestern, as well as Austin College, McPherson College, and Hendrix College. UMHB offered Gunn on Jan. 25.

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Jacob Fields.

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Fields, a standout running back, has an excellent ability to find his way through the line and out into the open field for large gains. Often scoring on draw plays or pitches, the 5’8, 195 lb back runs with strength, and can block well on passing plays too.

He picked up an offer from UMHB back on Sept. 16, and made his visit to Belton on Jan. 16. It is unknown if he received any other offers.

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DeMarea Turner

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Arlington, Texas/ Arlington High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 27, 2021

Turner, who was primarily a safety for Arlington, possesses excellent speed in secondary and a knack for knowing where the ball is going to be thrown. Opposing quarterbacks did not often try to throw the ball in his direction, but when they did, Turner answered. Though certain teams may feel that they have a matchup advantage, considering Turner is just 5’9, 170 lbs, he has proven he can cover anyone and everyone and has a hard-hitting ability found in few defensive backs.

It did not take him long to decide to play at UMHB, at the Cru offered him on Jan. 23. McPherson College, Finlandia University, Miliken University, and Carthage College all gave Turner offers.

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Zachary Wilkinson

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Cypress, Texas/ Bridgeland High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Offensive line coach Bill Bleil will have a very solid group of freshmen this upcoming season, as five offensive linemen from the class of 2021 have committed to UMHB so far. Wilkinson is part of that stellar group, as the offensive tackle/guard excelled for Bridgeland this past fall. His strength and footwork work in unison as both a run and pass blocker. He brings an inside presence to the Cru O-Line, though he has the ability to suit up at tackle as well.

A standout student, Wilkinson has earned two academic scholarships to UMHB, and is just as strong in the classroom as he is on the gridiron.

Whittier College did offer Wilkinson, as did UMHB, though it is unknown on what day he received that offer from the Cru.

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Lyndon Rangel

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Elgin, Texas/ Elgin High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Rangel, a 6’0, 180 lb two-way player, stepped up in a big way for Elgin this past fall, taking snaps at quarterback, running back, receiver, and safety, while also doubling as the team’s kick returner. As a senior this past season, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry at running back, scoring seven touchdowns, while also pulling in two interceptions and blocking a punt. Rangel makes defenders miss when running with the ball, and is especially dangerous in the open field, as he makes quick cuts to go along with tremendous speed.

He made his visit to UMHB on Jan. 17 but was offered on Nov. 20. He also had offers from D2 Southeastern Oklahoma State, Howard Payne, and Trinity International University.

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Zay Woods

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Carthage, Texas/Carthage High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 26, 2021

Woods, who played both sides of the ball this fall for Carthage, seeing significant time as both a wide receiver and cornerback, brings a high level of agility and speed to Belton. It is currently unknown as to whether he’ll be used on offense or defense at UMHB. He pulled in five passes in 14 games, scoring two touchdowns as a senior this past season.

UMHB was his third offer, as the Cru offered Jan. 18 of this year. His other two offers came from ASC rivals ETBU and Louisiana College.

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Caedmon Carter

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Trophy Club, Texas/ Grapevine Faith Christian School

Commitment Date: Jan. 25, 2021

Carter brings a high level of versatility to Belton as he has seen time on both sides of the ball for Grapevine Faith, though he was primarily an offensive lineman this past fall. As a guard on the O-Line, he has exceptional strength, especially as a run blocker, though he also protects the quarterback well on passing plays too. He started at right guard for much of his senior season, and figures to compete for playing time early, with good footwork and a 6’3, 265 lb frame.

It took Carter hardly anytime to make his decision, as he visited UMHB this past Saturday and committed on Monday, though the Cru offered him back on Sept. 7. The highly sought-after north Texas product also had offers from Mount Marty University, Trinity International University, and get this, Drake University, a division one FCS program. Abilene Christian, another FCS program, gave him a Preferred Walk-On (PWO) offer.

In addition, the guard was also invited to participate in the Offense-Defense All American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 26-29 in Arlington.

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Jaden Basham

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Waxahachie, Texas/Waxahachie High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 24, 2021

A slotback in the class of 2021, Basham brings a level of versatility to the UMHB offense, with extraordinary speed as a route-runner. This past fall as a senior, the 5’8, 165 lb speedster pulled in 19 passes for 100 yards. He also served as the Indians’ kick returner.

Watching his film, it is not hard to see why offensive coordinator Stephen Lee offered Basham. His agility will allow the UMHB coaching staff to use him in a variety of ways, whether that be on offense or special teams.

In addition to the offer he received from the Cru, Basham also picked up offers from Hendrix College, McPherson College, Lyon College, and Southwestern University. Southwestern, one of UMHB’s ASC foes, was the first to offer Basham.

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Mason Young

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Katy, Texas/Tompkins High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 23, 2020

Young, an outside linebacker, possesses excellent speed that will earn him opportunities early on in his collegiate career. With great agility and strength, he is the type of player who tackles hard, and is likely to force fumbles, block field goals and get past the offensive line to the quarterback. The 5’11, 210 lb defender helped Tompkins to a 10-1 record this past fall, playing five games and tallying 24 tackles, 13 of those solo, and one fumble recovery.

In addition to the offer he received from UMHB, which came on Dec. 9, 2020, Young was also offered by Hardin-Simmons a day later. Wayland Baptist offered him first, as the NAIA program made it official on Nov. 16.

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Tyjayzeon Bell

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Killeen, Texas/ Shoemaker High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 19, 2021

The District 12-6A Co-Offensive MVP, Bell is a versatile player who has seen time at both quarterback and wide receiver while starring for the Gray Wolves. With a 40-yard dash time of 4.83 seconds, he would fit perfectly into the Cru offense at either of the two positions, though he spent almost all of his time behind center this fall, throwing for 1,714 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior. He was also effective running the football, as he averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored six touchdowns on the ground. He is an exciting player to watch with a dual-threat ability that should allow him to compete for playing time as early as his freshman year.

Breland Mungia

Sport: Women’s Soccer

Hometown/High School: Cedar Park, Texas/ Cedar Park High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 9, 2021

Mungia is yet another addition to the 2021 signing class, and the third commitment in 2021 for head coach Barry Elkins’ program. The midfielder has the capability to compete for early playing time after extensive experience playing for a competitive Cedar Park squad and multiple travel teams. Last spring, as a junior, she earned district 17-5A second team honors.

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Ricky Sweeney

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Austin Texas/Vandegrift High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 9, 2021

Sweeney, a 6’2, 240 lb defensive end out of Vandegrift High announced his commitment to UMHB on Saturday, becoming the first football commit in 2021. The high school senior is a huge plus for the Cru defense, as he was named District 25-6A Defensive Lineman of the Year this fall, starring for the Vipers. He brings an ability to break through opposing offensive lines and put pressure on the quarterback. He will join fellow Vandegrift teammate Caleb Sanders in Belton next fall. Sweeney was a highly sought after recruit, who had offers from programs including St. Ambrose University, and Monmouth College, though UMHB was the first to accept him and offered on Oct. 4.

Blane Simmons

Sport: Softball

Hometown/High School: Missouri City, Texas/ Ridge Point High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 6, 2021

Simmons is a versatile player who can help the Cru in a variety of ways, as she has experience playing all three outfield positions, and the middle infield as well. A commit in the class of 2022, she is a force at the plate, showing a natural ability to hit to the opposite field as a left-handed hitter. Simmons has been on UMHB’s radar for quite a while, having attended the program’s winter camp in December of 2019.

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Anthony Dansby

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Rockdale, Texas/ Rockdale High School

Decommitment Date: Jan. 6, 2021

Dansby committed to UMHB on Christmas, but just six days after New Year’s Day, the wide receiver announced his decision to decommit on Twitter. That is not to say Dansby will not commit to UMHB at some point in the future, but he has decided to evaluate his options, with a new offer from Blinn JC having arrived on Dec. 31.

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Peyton Floyd

Sport: Women’s Soccer

Hometown/High School: Dallas, Texas/Homeschool

Commitment Date: Jan. 4, 2021

The first UMHB commit in 2021, Floyd is a solid defender for D’Feeters Kicks Soccer Club. A junior this season, she has played a key role in the team’s 15 shutouts over the course of 25 matches and a No. 6 ranking in north Texas. Individually, Floyd has been included in the club’s Player of the Week three times this season. She is one of UMHB women’s soccer’s first commits in the class of 2022.

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Keagan Wolfe

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Belton, Texas/ Belton High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 22, 2020

The Belton native made the decision to stay close to home and play for head coach Mike Stawski’s program last week. Primarily an outfielder, Wolfe has also seen time on the mound and in the infield during his high school career. That versatility should increase his chances of making an impact early. As a pitcher, Wolfe brings strong velocity, registered in the mid-80s, and has a quick release. He also starred for Belton on the football field, drawing interest from a variety of programs.

Caleb Sanders

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/ Vandegrift High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 21, 2020

A wide receiver from the Austin area, Sanders has a natural route-running ability. This past season, he had 104 yards receiving with three touchdowns through six games, and will look to join a deep receivers unit next fall. He made his decision very quick, as he visited UMHB on Dec. 13, and committed exactly a week later, though he was offered by the Cru on Oct. 4. He also had offers from Hendrix College, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Southwestern University and Trinity University.

Hayden Hopkins

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: China Spring, Texas/ China Spring High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 27, 2020

The third football commit of the week for the Cru, Hopkins is a talented offensive lineman in the class of 2021. UMHB gave Hopkins his first collegiate offer on November 23, and the China Spring standout also had offers from Texas Lutheran, Hardin-Simmons, and Iowa Wesleyan. With China Spring running a run-first offense, Hopkins has developed greatly as a blocker in the run game. He has also seen time as a center, adding to the versatility he brings to the UMHB offensive line.

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Anthony Dansby

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 25, 2020

UMHB football received a nice Christmas gift Friday as Dansby, a talented wide receiver in the class of 2021, committed to join the Cru. Standing at 6’4, 180 lbs, he has tremendous speed, and could appear early next fall in a slot receiver position. This past season as a senior, Dansby pulled in 36 passes for 665 yards and six touchdowns. He also showed his versatility, playing defense for the Tigers, totaling 44 tackles this past fall. It did not take Dansby long to make his decision, as UMHB recently offered him on December 18. He had offers from several NAIA programs such as Point University and Kansas Wesleyan and also received an invite to the All-America Classic, set to be held on January 2 in Orlando, Florida.

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Jojo Clark

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Harleton, Texas/Harleton High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 24, 2020

Christmas Eve brought a commitment from a promising tight end in Clark. He possesses an excellent route-running ability, and playing baseball through high school has increased his hand-eye coordination. Standing at 6’3, 220 lb, with strength as a blocker, Clark could also play a role in the running game once he gets to UMHB. Interesting to note is the fact that UMHB entered the picture late in Clark’s recruiting process. On October 16, the Harleton High newspaper, “The Green and Gold”, reported that Hendrix College was at the top of his list when it came to college offers. He did not make a visit to Belton until December 7.

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Kate Valle

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Frisco, Texas/ Lone Star High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 23, 2020

Valle is a talented three-point shooter who is ranked as the 46th best player in the class of 2021 out of the state of Texas by Prep Girls Hoops. A shooting guard, she could compete for significant minutes as a freshman, and has led Lone Star High to a 5-0 record this season, including a 19-point performance against Frisco Memorial.

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Trey Archer

Sport: Men’s Golf

Hometown/High School: Cleburne, Texas/ Cleburne High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 19, 2020

Archer became the second recent signee for head coach Jordan Cox’s program, as the north Texas native brings with him exceptional talent in the short game, and an ability to put the ball in hole from nearly anywhere on the green. He has posted solid results in his senior season so far, finishing on top at the Cleburne Fall Classic in late October. It marked his third top-10 finish of the fall, and heading into the spring, Archer is ready to conclude his high school career on top.

“He’s hitting his driver awesome,” Cleburne head coach Wayland White was quoted saying when asked about Archer’s performance at the Cleburne Fall Classic. “He’s getting off the tee box. And then he’s one of the best chippers and putters around. If he does miss the green, he can get up and down anywhere. His short game’s awesome. He’s been real solid.”

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Cody Coffman

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Waco, Texas/ Waco Connally

Coffman, a standout offensive lineman, committed to UMHB on December 2, and made it official Wednesday. The 6’0, 290 lb senior is versatile, with the ability to play either guard or center, and is an especially good run blocker. With his size and strength, expect Coffman to make an impact early with the Cru offense.

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Avery Mercer

Sport: Beach Volleyball

Hometown/High School: Hutto, Texas/ Hutto High School

A multi-sport standout for the Hippos of Hutto High School, Mercer is one of the first signees for the fledgling beach volleyball program that will begin competition next season. A 5’8 setter, Mercer tallied 46 kills and 113 assists in her senior season this past fall.

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Grant Morgan

Sport: Golf

Hometown/High School: Georgetown, Texas/ Georgetown High School

Morgan was active on the course this past spring and summer, competing in several tournaments across the state of Texas, winning two tournaments, including the Horseshoe Bay-Slick Rock tournament, held as part of the Southern Texas PGA Junior Program. There, he set himself apart the only competitor to finish under par with a -2. He has also been a key contributor for Georgetown High’s team, helping the Eagles to a recent tournament win in November with an individual performance of 159.

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